AMERICAN DEAD

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BY BRETT NEVEU
DIRECTED BY SCOTT CUMMINS
COSTUME DESIGN BY CAROLYN SULLIVAN
SCENIC & LIGHTING DESIGN BY LINDSEY LYDDAN

@ Temperance Beer Company
2000 Dempster Street, Evanston | Map
Free off-street parking is available in the lot for Temperance Beer Company.
Please look for S.I.T.E. Festival parking signs in the south part of the lot. 

Audiences will get behind-the-scenes access at Evanston’s first microbrewery, Temperance Beer Co., at 2000 Dempster St. to experience American Dead. The play, written by Chicago playwright Brett Neveu (an ensemble member at Red Orchid Theatre) and directed by Scott Cummins. The play tells the story of a man haunted by the death of his sister who digs to uncover the truth of her murder, in a town decaying from neglect. Enlivening one of Evanston’s light industrial warehouse spaces the design team will create the world of the play by engaging structural elements in a piece of Evanston’s past and future ­­– the hidden world of Temperance Beer Co.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Fri. May 23 at 8:00PM SOLD OUT!
Sat. May 24, at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Sun. May 25 at 2:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Fri. May 30 at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Sun. June 1 at 2:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Fri. June 6 at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Sat. June 7 at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!

ARRIVE EARLY, NO LATE SEATING

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

SCOTT CUMMINS (Director) has been involved in over 70 productions throughout the United States either as an actor, director and/or fight choreographer.  His recent directing credits include Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and he also appeared as Capulet in Romeo & Juliet as well as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing for Lakeside Shakespeare. He directed Bunbury and Disco Pigs at Northwestern University as well as the World Premiere of Carmilla for WildClaw Theatre Company.  Other Chicago credits include the Midwest premiere of Scenes from the Big Picture for Seanachai Theatre and I’m Spiritual Dammit by Jenniffer Weigel for Route 66 Theatre. Scott’s Los Angeles directing credits include the LA premieres of Killer Joe (Four 2005-Ovation Awards including Best Direction and Best Production as well as Critics Choice LA Times) and Bug (Critics Choice LA Times, LA Weekly, Backstage West among others) both by Tracy Letts with Lost Angels Theatre, And Neither Have I Wings to Fly (Ovation Nomination-Best Direction) as well as The Pagans  (ADA Award Best Ensemble, ADA nomination Best Direction) both by Ann Noble with The Road Theatre Company, Mr. Kolpert (Critics Choice LA Times) and Moonlight & Magnolias both at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Bright Ideas with Morgan Productions & Boy’s Life at USC.   Other Chicago directing credits include Marked Tree (After Dark Award – direction) and Calamity Meat for Seanachai Theatre, Bloody Bess (After Dark Award – Ensemble) for Red Hen Productions, Missing Angel Juan for Powertap Productions and Sawdust & Spangles for Prop Theatre/Powertap.  He has acted with such companies as The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Next Theatre, Noble Fool Theatricals, The Organic Theatre, Famous Door Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre (LA) and Syzygy Theatre (LA) to name a few.  He has received two Joseph Jefferson Citations (one for Actor in Principle Role, one for fight direction) and a Jeff Award (Ensemble). He is an Artistic Associate for both WildClaw Theatre Company and Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre.  He has also appeared in several TV shows and a few films…but that’s not important right now.

CAROLYN SULLIVAN (Scenic and Costume Designer) is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Studio Art and Italian and is currently a third-year MFA candidate at Northwestern University.  At Northwestern she has designed The Pajama Game, The Night of the Iguana, and Bunbury.  Recently she designed for  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Moby Dick at Northwestern University.

LINDSAY LYDDAN (
Lighting Designer) completed her BFA at Columbia College Chicago and is currently finishing up her MFA at Northwestern in Lighting Design.  She worked at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana for eight years in lighting design, costume design and stage managing, before coming to Chicago to work as a freelance lighting designer.  Recent credits at Northwestern include The ExoneratedOccupy Dance 2013 and Night of the Iguana.  Recently she designed for  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Moby Dick at Northwestern University.